Monday 8 April 2019 / 9:33 AM Digital / Tom Watson

Tom Watson responds to government’s online harm white paper

Tom Watson, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responding to the government’s white paper on online harm, said:

“Labour has been calling for a new regulator with tough powers to bring social media companies into line for the last year. The public and politicians of all parties agree these platforms must be made to take responsibility for the harms, hate speech and fake news they host.

“The concern with these plans is that they could take years to implement. We need action immediately to protect children and others vulnerable to harm.

“These plans also seem to stop short of tackling the overriding data monopolies causing this market failure and do nothing to protect our democracy from dark digital advertising campaigners and fake news.


“This is a start but it’s a long way from truly reclaiming the web and routing out online harms.”